Wednesday, August 24, 2016

16-17 staff picks | frank nickel

Last but certainly not least is our very own Co-General Manager, Frank Nickel. Here are Frank's top three picks he is most looking forward to for the 2016-2017 season!

I’m a sucker for the holidays and getting time with Lucia Frangione’s hilarious characters makes it all the more exciting. I can’t wait for Folly, Buffoona and Guff to take me on a magical trip through the Nativity. Plus, who doesn’t like clowns at Christmas?

I love Shakespeare. I love the Godfather. I love David Mann’s writing. I love Classic Chic. Enough said.

A Night at the Improv
This one is pretty selfish since I’m hoping to be an improv player again. I’ve been away from Side Show for a couple of years and am excited to jump back into the thick of it with some of Vancouver’s finest improvisers.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

16-17 staff picks | alison chisholm

Alison played a significant role in choosing the 2016-2017 season. Here are her top three shows she is most looking forward to!

Lucia is one of the most incredible playwrights I've had the pleasure to know. When I heard about her idea of this show, I had some high expectations of tenderness and hilarity. At our first read of the initial draft I was thrilled to see that not only were my expectations met, but exceeded.

I never made it out to see the show at the Gateway, so I look forward to finally getting to see it now and see how the incredible artists involved translate it to our intimate alley theatre.

This might be my first time in a long time that I'll be in the audience rather than on the stage. Can't wait to see what this year's funny folk bring to this annual event!

Monday, August 22, 2016

16-17 season apprentices

A very warm welcome to our new apprentices whom start in our office today! Danielle Klaudt (University of the Fraser Valley), Paige Louter (National University of Ireland), and Lindsay Ann Curl (University of Victoria). We can not wait to see what you do this season at PT!

Stay tuned over the next week as each of the apprentices will be introduced in-depth on our blog!

Friday, August 19, 2016

16-17 staff picks | kayla heselwood

Up next in our staff picks series is our new Box Office and Marketing Assistant, Kayla Heselwood. Here's Kayla's top three shows she is most excited for!

During my apprentice year I had the honour of sitting in on one of the Working With groups where actors read Cara's play, A GOOD WAY OUT. I was completely blown away. The characters were genuine, raw and real and the story tugged at my heart strings. I am excited to see how the play has been developed over the past year and a half. Also, I get to sit beside the playwright over the next 11 months. How cool is that?

I am very close to a family that moved to Canada from South Africa. I love listening to them speak Afrikaans and was excited while reading VALLEY SONG to learn they spoke some Afrikaans too! The piece is also poetic, tender and hopeful. My cup of tea!

One of my favourite moments at Pacific Theatre was when I was in the audience watching CHRISTMAS PRESENCE and the entire audience starting singing to a familiar song. I looked around and thought, "Wow! Now this is what life is all about. A group of strangers coming together to enjoy an evening of music, poetry and readings and celebrating the life of our saviour through various works of art". I'm excited for TESTAMENT because it's similar to CHRISTMAS PRESENCE, but without Christmas. Also, we get to explore and celebrate the life of Jesus together during Passion Week. Finally, because there's no script and anything can happen! I just love live theatre, don't you? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

16-17 staff picks | phil miguel

The next in our staff picks series is Production Manager, Phil Miguel. Here's Phil's top three picks for the 2016-2017 season!

I've heard many great things about the play. The cast has me very excited. Every time I've seen any one of them on stage it has been amazing work.

I'm delighted to finally see a Classic Chic show. I'm curious to see the intersection of Shakespeare and The Godfather.

I have a very personal connection with this story of being Asian in theatre. The play bears out many of the emotional and professional struggles I dealt with starting out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

16-17 staff picks | cara cunningham

Up next in our staff pick series is Cara Cunningham, Operations Coordinator. Here's what she's most looking forward to next season! 

This is a dream come true for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve never seen any of the other versions and I have heard such wonderful things. I think it will be a real treat.

The Godfather. Shakespeare. Women dressed as men. What’s not to love?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

16-17 staff picks | andrea loewen

It's time for our "Staff Picks" series once again! With our 2016-2017 season fast approaching, we have lots to look forward to here at PT.  As a tradition, each one of our staff will share the top three shows they are most excited for, and a sentence or two about why. Up first is our director of publicity and marketing, Andrea Loewen! 


I am always excited when we have new work by emerging writers, and I just love this script. I saw a staged reading of it a few years ago and found it to be an incredibly compelling look at the world of gang violence - one I have no familiarity with at all. My favourite kind of theatre gives me a glimpse into a world I’d never normally see. Plus, I am excited to see Andrew Wheeler play a terrifying gangster - we’ve never cast him in a role like this and I can’t wait to see him do it.


Maki’s story is so incredible, full of incredible luck and terrible hardships, all met with the most determination I have ever seen. She wrote this show as a series of short plays performed in our lobby over the course of a year a few seasons ago, and her performance is so vulnerable and open that you can’t help but give her your heart as you go along for the ride with her.


Shanley has always been one of my absolute favourite playwrights! It’s been a while since we did one of his plays and I’ve never seen this one done before. The language in it is so beautiful, I can’t wait to hear it come from this amazing cast.